Ah, Paris and its grey skies and spring showers. Despite the warmer temperature, it is impossible for a girl to keep a tan, or even to get one to begin with. But sunnier days are coming for sure and in a few weeks, we will surely be whisked away to some island with unlimited drinks, easy books, and sun chairs. Until then, let’s fake it until we make it!
Bronzers have always taken the backseat in beauty. A lot of girls would prefer blush, and even during the extreme contouring heyday, bronzers were discouraged for their warm-toned finish. Yet, if you find the right one that works for you, it is truly life-changing. Here are five tried-and-tested bronzers in the market right now.
- NARS Liquid Laguna Bronzer
An icon, reformulated to a liquid cream finish. Gives off a glowy, believable tan when applied on its own and can also turn any foundation you already have one shade darker when mixed with it.
I say this through gritted teeth: Chanel bronzers work. I tried their blushes which were basically blocks of color with chunkier blocks of glitter and just kind of gave up on Chanel makeup. But their bronzers are smooth, blend like a dream, and there is not one speck of glitter in sight. And can we talk about that super chic packaging?
Another legend. One of the first brands to truly understand what we look for in a bronzer. A good shade range for different skin tones and for different seasons. (Yes, I am that girl wearing a bronzer during the dead of winter.) This one is very finely milled, super pigmented so apply with a light hand and one compact will last you ages.
A welcome detour towards the drugstore. This one by Bourjois offers a natural bonne mine effect as the French like to call it. Blends really well into a realistic sunkissed effect. Not surprising because rumor has it, Bourjois and Chanel makeup products all come from the same factory… (You didn’t hear it from me.)
This is more for the lighter-skinned sisters. As you guys run more risk of looking like a stripy orange when it comes to using bronzers, this liquid formula from Benefit is a perfect medium shade. You can never go wrong. For deeper skin tones, this functions more like a natural-looking highlighter.